Missouri holds off late charge, beats No. 6 Illinois 81-78

Missouri held off a past due price from No. 6 Illinois and overcame 36 issues from Combating Illini superstar Ayo Dosunmu for an 81-78 victory Saturday night time.

Dru Smith had 17 issues, Javon Pickett had 14 issues and 5 rebounds and the Tigers hung on in the yearly “Braggin’ Rights” contention recreation.

Missouri (Five-Zero) led 49-41 at halftime and hung on for its 3rd immediately win within the sequence. Illinois (Four-2) trailed through 13 with 9 mins left however rallied to tie it ahead of the Tigers closed out the disappointed.

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Dosunmu set a occupation top in scoring on 13-of-20 taking pictures, and Kofi Cockburn had 19 issues with six rebounds for Illinois. Andre Curbelo added in 14 issues off the bench.

Missouri guard Xavier Pinson ended the Tigers’ seven-minute box function drought on a spinning floater with 51 seconds left to make it 80-76. Cockburn threw down a dunk at the subsequent ownership, however that was once waved off and he was once given a Flagrant 1 foul after the 7-footer clipped Missouri’s Mitchell Smith.

The Tigers ran down the clock ahead of Kobe Brown air-balled a Three-pointer. Dosunmu took the rebound the wrong way and neglected an off-balanced Three that was once grabbed through Brown, who neglected two unfastened throws. Dosunmu attempted to get off any other past due heave, however could not unencumber in time.

The groups mixed for 52 fouls. That intended various journeys to the foul line, the place Missouri — which set a NCAA file for many consecutive foul photographs made remaining season — massively outperformed Illinois, taking pictures 84% to the Illini’s 61%.

The sport was once performed in Columbia as demanding situations associated with COVID-19 averted the sport from being held in its standard location of the Endeavor Middle in St. Louis. Mizzou Area was once selected as the sport web site by means of a coin turn between it and Champaign’s State Farm Middle in a streamed tournament remaining month.

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Mark Smith, who performed his freshman 12 months at Illinois ahead of shifting to Missouri, was once relatively quiet as he completed with 5 issues ahead of fouling out with Five:21 closing. Jeremiah Tilmon, who to begin with dedicated to the Illini out of highschool, additionally struggled in restricted mins because of foul bother as he ended with 3 issues and two rebounds as he additionally fouled out with 1:54 to play.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers received a recreation in opposition to their highest-ranked foe since beating then-No. Five Florida on Feb. 19, 2013. Picked to complete 10th within the SEC, the Tigers persevered their unexpected Five-Zero get started through snatching their 2nd ranked win of the season, the primary in opposition to then-No. 21 Oregon on Dec. 2 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Illinois: Brad Underwood is now 1-Three in opposition to Missouri because the Combating Illini’s head trainer, with Saturday marking a deflating finish to a nonconference slate that featured a dominant 83-68 win at No. 10 Duke previous within the week. The Illini shot 23% from Three-point vary, a stark distinction to the 63.6% clip from deep they maintained in opposition to the Blue Devils.

UP NEXT

Illinois: Begins Large Ten Convention play because it hosts Minnesota on Tuesday.

Missouri: Performs at house in opposition to Prairie View A&M on Friday.

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